Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity
The mission of Phi Kappa Tau is to champion a lifelong commitment to brotherhood, learning, ethical leadership and exemplary character. The Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity is a 501(c)7 social and recreational club as defined by the IRS. The biennial National Convention is the supreme legislative body of the Fraternity where a National Council is elected. The National Council is composed of six councilors who serve staggered six-year terms and a president and vice president who serve two year terms. By virtue of their positions on the Foundation Board of Trustees, the chairman and vice chairman also serve as councilors. Mike Dovilla, Baldwin-Wallace ’94, is the national president.
Phi Kappa Tau Foundation
The purpose of the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation is to ensure the philanthropic support necessary to sustain high levels of educational programming by fostering lifelong relationship and commitment to the Fraternity’s ideals. The Phi Kappa Tau Foundation is a 501(c)(3) educational and charitable organization as defined by the IRS. The Phi Kappa Tau Foundation Board of Trustees is a self-perpetuating board that has trustees who serve staggered three-year terms. By virtue of their positions on the Fraternity National Council, the national president and national vice president also serve as trustees. Richard F. Michael, Michigan Tech ’70, is the chairman.
Old Main Holdings
The purpose of Old Main Holdings is to hold the assets of the housing fund, invest them prudently, and make loans that support the mission of Phi Kappa Tau and that are also economically sound. Old Main Holdings is a 501(c)2 title holding corporation for an exempt organization as defined by the IRS. The Old Main Holdings Board of Directors is currently composed of eight directors. J. Kenneth Loewen, Colorado ’80, is the chairman.
Phi Kappa Tau Properties
The purpose of Phi Kappa Tau Properties is to manage and hold title to any owned property and to be an educational resource for independent Phi Kappa Tau housing corporations. Phi Kappa Tau Properties is a 501(c)2 title holding corporation for an exempt organization as defined by the IRS. The Board of Directors is composed of two members appointed by the Fraternity, two appointed by the Foundation and the Fraternity’s immediate past national president. The Board of Directors internally selects officers. Jeff T. Baird, Muhlenberg ’01, is the president.
The National Convention is the supreme legislative body of the Fraternity. It is held biennially and consists of delegates from each Resident and Graduate Council, as well as National Officers. During a National Convention delegates elect national officers, determine National Constitution and Statutes changes and make recommendations on the policies of the Fraternity.
The National Council serves as the legislative body of the Fraternity when the National Convention is not in session. It is composed of six councilors who serve staggered six-year terms and a president and vice president who serve two year terms. By virtue of their positions on the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation Board of Trustees, the chairman and vice chairman also serve as councilors. The National Council has primary fiduciary responsibility for a variety of strategic and policy issues, including, but not limited to, strategic planning, budgeting and committee functions.
Foundation Board of Trustees
The Phi Kappa Tau Foundation Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall viability and oversight of the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation. In conjunction with the Foundation Executive Director, it is also responsible for the long-term strategic planning activities of the Foundation, legal operations accountability, and for ensuring a continuity of leadership and direction over time. The Phi Kappa Tau Foundation Board of Trustees is a self-perpetuating board that has trustees who serve staggered three-year terms. By virtue of their positions on the Fraternity National Council, the national president and national vice president also serve as trustees.
The Coordinating Committee is a joint committee of the Fraternity and Foundation. The joint committee determines the employment parameters and evaluates the performance of the Chief Executive Officer. It also coordinates any other matters that mutually affect the Fraternity and Foundation. The chairmanship of the committee is shared by the Fraternity National President and Foundation Chairman, rotating annually.
National Advisors are appointed by the National President. These individuals focus on key strategic areas of the Fraternity and, from time to time, appoint committees to provide guidance in a particular area.
Foundation Committees consist of Development, Finance & Audit, Governance, Membership Development and Scholarship, Stipend & Grant. The Foundation Chairman appoints committee chairman who works with the Foundation Executive Director to execute the Foundation’s strategic plan.
The CEO executes the strategic plans of the Fraternity and Foundation. He also, manages a professional staff located in Oxford, Ohio. The CEO serves chief executive for the Fraternity, Foundation and Old Main Holdings and works directly with each board.
Executive Offices Staff
The Executive Offices staff is housed in the Ewing T. Boles Executive Offices in Oxford, Ohio. The professional staff works with the CEO to execute the strategic plans of the Fraternity and Foundation. It also is responsible for all of the operational aspects of the Fraternity and Foundation which includes, chapter services, expansion, finances, education, event planning, fundraising, alumni relations and fundraising.
A Domain Director monitors the chapters’ operational status while fostering progress through the development of supportive Board of Governors. This includes ensuring policy and standard compliance through the Borradaile Challenge and serving as the primary National Fraternity ambassador in the domain. This is done through the support and maintenance of chapters’ Boards of Governors and the coordination of resources and programs that will aid in chapter development at the Graduate and Resident Council levels.
Board of Governors
Each Chapter shall have a Board of Governors. All Board of Governors members are certified and approved by the CEO. The BOG is the general supervisory body of the chapter, and is responsible to the Domain Directors in all matters. The BOG has full authority to enforce the Statutes of the National Constitution as they pertain to the Resident Council. In matters pertaining to scholarship and finance, the authority of the BOG is absolute.
Graduate Councils are composed of those members of the chapter who have graduated from their respective institution, left school permanently, transferred schools, are married and have elected to transfer to Graduate Council.
Housing Corporation is a non-profit corporation that is registered in the state where the chapter facility is located. The members of the Housing Corporation are responsible for the chapter facility, such as a chapter house.
The Executive Council is made up of the chapter’s President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Risk Management Chairman, Recruitment Chairman and other positions as deemed necessary by the chapter. The Executive Council serves as the leadership and officers of the Resident Council.
A Resident Council consists of those members of the chapter in attendance at the institution where the chapter is located who are undergraduates.
Dispute Resolution Plan
Effective Aug. 1, 2010, Phi Kappa Tau new members, existing members, and alumni making claims for personal injury, claims for damages to property, or disputes of any nature will be referred for resolution through The Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity Claim and Dispute Resolution Program. This means that, after Aug. 1, 2010, you and Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity will be bound to use the Claim and Dispute Resolution Program as the primary and sole means of dispute resolution. If you are unable to resolve a claim or dispute arising out of your membership or participation in any Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity-related activity, under the terms of the program the claim or dispute will be submitted to binding arbitration instead of through the courts. If legal action is instituted, the court will be requested to refer the matter back to the Claim and Dispute Resolution Program for final resolution. This program is binding on all Phi Kappa Tau new members, existing members, alumni, chapters, House Corporations, foundations, alumni organizations, and the National Fraternity. YOUR DECISION TO JOIN OR ACCEPT MEMBERSHIP OR CONTINUE YOUR CURRENT MEMBERSHIP IN THE PHI KAPPA TAU FRATERNITY AFTER AUG. 1, 2010, MEANS YOU HAVE AGREED TO AND ARE BOUND BY THE TERMS OF THIS PROGRAM AS CONTAINED IN THE PLAN DOCUMENT AND RULES, A COMPLETE COPY OF WHICH IS AVAILABLE FROM THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS: as a download on the national website or through request from the Executive Offices. This will be true both during your membership and after your membership, should you terminate for any reason. Likewise, the terms of the Claim and Dispute Resolution Program are binding on Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity; the terms can only be modified by providing advance notice of the change to members. While both you and Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity retain all substantive legal rights and remedies under this program, you and Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity are both waiving all rights which either may have with regard to trial by jury for personal injury, property damage, contract, or any other related matters in state or federal court. This plan covers any legal or equitable claim for personal injury, property damage, equity or breach of contract, arising out of any tort, statute, contract or law.
Social Media Policy and Guidelines
Phi Kappa Tau’s Social Media Policy ensures that every member, chapter and alumni group has the opportunity to promote the Fraternity by sharing information through social media. Members, chapters and alumni groups engaged in social media help the National Fraternity create a stronger, more impactful online presence than could otherwise be achieved by a small number of people using traditional communications. Members, chapters and alumni groups should keep the Fraternity mission, vision and values in mind when using the name Phi Kappa Tau.
Risk Management Policy
Phi Kappa Tau follows the policies as defined by the Fraternal Information and Programming Group (FIPG). FIPG’s mission is to promote sound risk management policies and practices, to be the leading resource of risk management education, programming and information to the broad based constituency in all aspects of Greek Life. All chapter’s and colonies of Phi Kappa Tau are expected to abide by these policies in accordance to Title VI of the Phi Kappa Tau Constitution and Statutes. This policy is reviewed annually by the CEO and National Council to keep it current with legal and policy changes.
Legacies in Membership Recruitment Policy
In Phi Kappa Tau, a legacy is defined as a man who has a relative—grandfather, father, brother, uncle or cousin—who is a member of the Fraternity. It is expected and only proper that a member who has a relative enrolled at, or anticipating enrollment at, a school where a Phi Kappa Tau chapter is located notify either the chapter or the Executive Offices. The chapter, leaning of the legacy’s enrollment, should contact the legacy and include him in the chapter’s membership recruitment activities.
Board of Governors Certification Policy
All Board of Governors members (Board of Governors chairmen, alumni advisors, chapter advisors, financial advisors, recruitment advisors, risk management advisors and scholarship advisors) must be a certified Phi Kappa Tau volunteer. To become a certified Phi Kappa Tau volunteer one must complete the Phi Kappa Tau Volunteer Certification Program available online. Certification is required through the Phi Kappa Tau Statutes (Title V. Section 47), the Borradaile Challenge (Board of Governors metric) and the Strategic Plan (R.3).